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Last year Jeff Lemire announced that he had created a new character for his new Justice League United series - a teenage Cree girl from James Bay based, in part, on late activist Shannen Koostachin. This character was absent from the first Justice League United #1 cover by Gene Ha, but here she is on the new version of that cover which was taken from a Previews Magazine. Read more at

WHAT WE KNOW: Shannen Koostachin[]


Shannen Koostachin

Shannen Koostachin was born in Attawapiskat First Nation on James Bay coast,

Shannen Koostachin

Shannen Koostachin REAL LIFE

Ontario to Andrew Koostachin and Jenny Nakogee. She attended J.R. Nakogee elementary school, which had been housed in makeshift portables since 2000, when it was condemned and closed due to a decades-old fuel leak. Shannen then realized the Government was not giving proper funding to First Nation Aboriginal Schooling systems around Canada, thats when her dream/ movement came to be. By 2007, the federal government had backed away from a third commitment to building a new school for Attawapiskat.[9] In response Koostachin and others turned to Youtube and Facebook to launch the Students Helping Students campaign for a school for Attawapiskat. Koostachin spoke out about the experiences of her community in newspapers, at conferences, and on the steps of Parliament Hill in 2008. At the age of 14,in 2009 she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Koostachin and her older sister, Serena, moved hundreds of kilometres away from Attawapiskat to New Liskeard, Ontario, for high school. She died on May 30, 2010 in a car accident.